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Zane A. Firkins 1936-2009

Dec 24, 2009

Funeral service for Zane A. Firkins of Emmetsburg was Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans officiated.

Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Firkins died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 73.

Zane Arthur Firkins was born May 18, 1936, in Rodman, the son of Emil and Leola (Shafar) Firkins. He received his education in the Rodman Schools. graduating in 1953 from Sacred Heart High School.

On October 12, 1957, Zane Firkins and Beverly Worster were married in West Bend and made their home in Emmetsburg. In his teenage years, Zane was employed in the family trucking business, and in 1959 he purchased his first truck with his brother Leon. In 1965, the brothers bought into Firkins Truck Line, later Cornpatch Express, in which Zane remained a partner until his death.

Zane was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish in Emmetsburg. A friend to many and a tireless Emmetsburg booster, he was a member of the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce and former Ambassador. He was a lifelong avid sports fan, especially anything E’Hawks. He lived and breathed E’Hawk football and for many years was a constant presence at football games at every level from seventh grade to high school. In 1989 coach Hough recognized him at the E’Hawk Sports Banquet as “Football Fan of the Year” for attending every single Junior High, Sophomore, JV and Varsity game. And for those fans who would argue with Zane about which E’Hawk football team was the best, he wanted you all to know that the very best football team in Emmetsburg history was the undefeated 3A champions of 1979.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; children:?Cindy (James) Smith of Spicer, MN, Jeff (Joannie) of Iowa City, John (Kenda) of Grapevine, TX, Holly (Tim) Turner of Waconia, MN and Jay (Dana) of Grimes; twelve grandchildren; Brandon, Taylor and Shannon Smith, Jacoby and Jamisyn Firkins, Jared and Nicholas Barbour and Max Firkins, Brady, McKenna and Caden Turner, and Zoie Firkins. Also surviving are two brothers, Leon and Gerald, both of Emmetsburg and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Firkins was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Edris.

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